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Comment Re:Maybe... (Score 1) 196

Perhaps reproductive "credits" could be an incentive for people to make positive contributions for humanity. You know, a global one biological child policy. Couples or individuals are also welcome to adopt additional children from impoverished regions. Maybe when humans are young and fertile, society would provide the option of freezing sperm or eggs, so that should some tragedy strike the biological child, there would be an option of raising another. Or, if tragedy struck while an individual or couple was too old to raise children, some champion could volunteer, or be nominated to carry that genetic lineage. Further, if you are a scientist, educator, or an individual making some notable impact elsewhere, you would gain credits towards an additional biological child. Credits might be gifted, or banked for a finite amount of time. Couples or individuals could also combine credits towards an additional, biological child. On the other hand, if you live a life of leisure, or spend all your time on an Oculus Rift while using a Fleshlight, then you gain no additional credits. Would that be so bad? I don't find that distasteful at all. The benefits humanity would reap from an economy where our basic needs are met would far outweigh the cost of population controls, in my honest opinion.

Comment Heavy usage congesting Bell's network (Score 1) 364

Does anyone else remeber seeing something on Slashdot about Bell being forced to produce documents demonstrating that traffic from heavy users "clogged" their pipes? I think when the documents were made public, they showed that heavy users were not slowing their network down at all. Can anyone provide a link? I've tried Google and have had no luck.

Comment Re:I think I can I think I can (Score 5, Informative) 1698

Health care in this country is about the best in the world.

That is a lie.

"The United States ranks 31st in life expectancy (tied with Kuwait and Chile), according to the latest World Health Organization figures. We rank 37th in infant mortality (partly because of many premature births) and 34th in maternal mortality. A child in the United States is two-and-a-half times as likely to die by age 5 as in Singapore or Sweden, and an American woman is 11 times as likely to die in childbirth as a woman in Ireland."

"Yet another study, cited in a recent report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute, looked at how well 19 developed countries succeeded in avoiding “preventable deaths,” such as those where a disease could be cured or forestalled. What Senator Shelby called “the best health care system” ranked in last place."

It's early, I'm lazy, but the facts match up. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/05/opinion/05kristof.html?em


Front Row Seats To NASA's Lunar Impact 132

itwbennett writes "Tomorrow morning at 7:30 EDT, NASA is going to crash a probe into the moon as part of its LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite) mission, the main purpose of which is to discover if there's any water on the moon. 'If you happen to have a 10-12" telescope (or larger) then you might be able to see the plume from your backyard,' says blogger Peter Smith. 'For the rest of us, the impact will be streamed live over the web in a few places. NASA will have a feed, beginning at 6:15 EDT. The NASA feed includes live footage from the spacecraft itself as well as expert commentary and other goodies. Astronomy service SLOOH is offering a double-shot of earth-bound feeds, with one feed from New Hampshire and the other from Arizona. The SLOOH feeds start at 6:30 am EDT.'" Update: Matt_dk adds a link to a viewing guide to the impact, writing that "Amateur astronomers need a 10-inch or bigger telescope to make observations."
The Courts

Submission + - Specter's Plan to Rein In the Presidency

VincentFreeman writes: The current issue of the New York Review of Books includes an article by Senator Arlen Specter, Republican Democrat of Pennsylvania, called "The Need to Roll Back Presidential Power Grabs," which suggests that Mr. Specter has not switched parties with the intention of simply rubber-stamping President Barack Obama's legislative agenda. ... First, I intend to introduce legislation that will mandate Supreme Court review of lower court decisions in suits brought by the A.C.L.U. and others that challenge the constitutionality of the warrantless wiretapping program authorized by President Bush after September 11. While the Supreme Court generally exercises discretion on whether it will review a case, there are precedents for Congress to direct Supreme Court review on constitutional issues — including the statutes forbidding flag burning and requiring Congress to abide by federal employment laws — and I will follow those.

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